Quercus rubra, spp.
Red Oak is probably the most widely used and abundant hardwood in the eastern United States. Oak has a characteristic ring porous grain pattern; the wood is heavy, hard and stiff. The heartwood of Red Oak ranges in color from "wheat" to a "light honey," the sapwood is light off-white. Red Oak is prized in the manufacturing of furniture, cabinets, and interior decorative items -- especially flooring, stairs, and mouldings.
|Furniture, interior decoration -- flooring, stairs, millwork, paneling, doors, household goods, woodenware.
||Widely available in thicknesses 4/4 through 8/4. Generally available 10/4 and thicker.
||Moderate to valuable.
Relative Working Properties
||Resistance to splitting in nailing
||Resistance to splitting in screwing
|Specific gravity (12% m.c.)
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